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Accelerating Compute-Intensive Applications with GPUs and FPGAs

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Accelerating Compute-Intensive Applications with GPUs and FPGAs
—Accelerators are special purpose processors designed to speed up compute-intensive sections of applications. Two extreme endpoints in the spectrum of possible accelerators are FPGAs and GPUs, which can often achieve better performance than CPUs on certain workloads. FPGAs are highly customizable, while GPUs provide massive parallel execution resources and high memory bandwidth. Applications typically exhibit vastly different performance characteristics depending on the accelerator. This is an inherent problem attributable to architectural design, middleware support and programming style of the target platform. For the best application-to-accelerator mapping, factors such as programmability, performance, programming cost and sources of overhead in the design flows must be all taken into consideration. In general, FPGAs provide the best expectation of performance, flexibility and low overhead, while GPUs tend to be easier to program and require less hardware resources. We present a ...
Shuai Che, Jie Li, Jeremy W. Sheaffer, Kevin Skadr
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where SASP
Authors Shuai Che, Jie Li, Jeremy W. Sheaffer, Kevin Skadron, John Lach
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